WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
Stephen Ministry equips lay-people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in our congregation and community. All of our Stephen Ministers have received extensive training in providing high-quality, distinctively Christian care. They are effective listeners, and have been taught to listen, care, pray, support, and encourage those who are hurting, are going through a life transition such as the loss of a loved one or adjusting to a new job, or are just in need of someone to talk to.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and everything they share are kept in complete confidence. The care receiver featured in the video below stepped forward willingly to share her story with Stephen Ministries.
We all experience times in our lives when we could benefit from someone coming alongside us and sharing God's love. If you have a need for a Stephen Minister, please complete the form below. For more information about our Stephen Ministry, please email us.
The Sanctuary Course resources
"The Sanctuary Course is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers."
- Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries
The Sanctuary Podcast: "Can mental health challenges and faith co-exist? Join Sarah Kift, a member of the Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries team, as she interviews theologians, writers, and leaders as well as people who share their lived experiences with mental health challenges. If you want inspiration, insight, and resources to equip your community to be a sanctuary for all people, at all stages of their mental wellness journeys, this is the podcast for you."
The Sanctuary Blog: The Sanctuary Blog is "where we open up important conversations about mental health and faith, exploring the discomfort of real life experiences and giving them space to breathe. Our aim is to create a platform that closes the silent space where shame and confusion have thrived and instead makes room to do the important work of thinking well about mental health, theologically."
FAITH, GRIEF, AND COVID-19: A Conversation
Faith, Grief, and COVID-19: A Conversation is a free, four-part series using discussion guides and films to open conversations in small groups around the challenges of this season. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated grief in all of our lives. This online resource is designed to help small groups discover how we can understand grief as Christians and encourage them to begin to think creatively about how we support grieving members of our community while practicing physical distancing.